MP4 file format description
Many people share .mp4 files without attaching instructions on how to use it. Yet it isn’t evident for everyone which program a .mp4 file can be edited, converted or printed with. On this page, we try to provide assistance for handling .mp4 files.
2 filename extension(s) found in our database.
.mp4 - Mpeg-4 Video Container
The MP4 video files are related to Windows Media Player. The MP4 file is an Mpeg-4 Video Container. It is the global file extension for the official container format defined in the MPEG-4 standard. This format allows you to combine different multimedia streams (most of the time audio and video) into one single file.
- Windows Media Player
- Video files
- - / -
- mp4s, mp4v, mpeg-4, mpeg4, mpg4, mpv4, mv4
- Mpeg-4 Video Container related extensions:
.m4a - Mpeg-4 Audio
The M4A audio files are related to Windows Media Player. The M4A file is a MPEG-4 audio stream (MP4). MP4 is a better audio compression technology than old MP3.
Naturally, other applications may also use the .mp4 file extension. Even harmful programs can create .mp4 files. Be especially cautious with .mp4 files coming from an unknown source!
Can't open a .mp4 file?
When you double-click a file to open it, Windows examines the filename extension. If Windows recognizes the filename extension, it opens the file in the program that is associated with that filename extension. When Windows does not recognize a filename extension, you receive the following message:
Windows can't open this file:
To open this file, Windows needs to know what program you want to use to open it. Windows can go online to look it up automatically, or you can manually select one from a list of programs that are installed on your computer.
To avoid this error, you need to set the file association correctly.
- Open Control Panel > Control Panel Home > Default Programs > Set Associations.
- Select a file type in the list and click Change Program.
The .mp4 file extension is often given incorrectly!
According to the searches on our site, these misspellings were the most common in the past year:
hp4, jp4, lp4, m4, m4p, ml4, mp, mpe, mpr, mpt, np4, p4, pm4
Is it possible that the filename extension is misspelled?
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